The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, says a sign commemorating the Bankhead Highway will be dedicated at the Corner Street Pub in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 17. The Bankhead Highway was a transcontinental, federally funded road approved by Congress in 1916 that passed through Greenville, Commerce and other Northeast Texas towns, and parts of which still exist today.
Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses." The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.
Hunt County has a rich baseball tradition, according to Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor. Greenville recently observed the 65th anniversary of the minor-league Greenville Majors defeating the mighty New York Yankees in an exhibition game. The legendary Monty Stratton of "The Stratton Story" fame was from the Greenville area. And "town teams" from almost every community in Hunt County used to play each other in fun, and sometimes fierce, competition.
The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says. Black children attended the school in the days of segregation. A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center.
Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the career of Ruby Allmond, trailblazing Northeast Texas female fiddler and songwriter, whose papers and memorabilia are housed at the James Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
One more tip of the cap to Christmas, as we discuss how Christmas was celebrated in Hunt County in the late 19th Century, after the Civil War and Reconstruction. Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says one highlight of the community Christmas Day celebration was "shooting the anvil," which definitely would not meet safety standards today.
Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says in the years after the Civil War, people in Hunt County used to celebrate Christmas as a community, with a large Christmas tree in the county seat of Greenville. Christmas trees in homes were rare or non-existent. A large crowd of people would gather on Christmas Day to observe the holiday, and children would receive modest gifts.
Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says artifacts of the Native American Caddo tribe are not too hard to find in Hunt County, but she says the tribe was not as numerous as you might imagine.